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PM Deuba, Chairman Dahal hold discussion on current political situation

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KATHMANDU —  Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Chairman of CPN (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal have held a discussion on the current political situation and the preparations for the imminent federal and provincial elections on Tuesday.

During the meeting held at PM’s residence, Baluwatar, the activities of the government relating to the elections were discussed.

On the occasion, PM Deuba reiterated in the meeting that government was committed to holding the elections. He urged Maoist Centre Chairman Dahal not to doubt at all on the scheduled elections.

Press Coordinator of Chairman Dahal, Manohari Timalsina, informed that Maoist Chair Dahal also inquired PM about the status of the ministers from the party kept without portfolios.

Dahal told PM Deuba that his party would not risk the government as only guarantee of the elections was major concern.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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